Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Even though St. Louis baseball fans are sorry the Cardinals are out of the World Series, it's fun to see how quickly we all recovered and, as one, became Kansas City Royals fans. KC? You have total support coming out of St. Louis.
For some years St. Louis area organizations involved with plant life have been publicizing the urgency of erradicating the bush Honeysuckle which grows prolifically. Not only does it grow like crazy, it takes over the landscape and suffocates everything in its path. It also is a nice companion to the out of control weed vines, another huge problem.
Originally brought to the US from Europe and Asia as a sweet smelling ornamental hedge, the Honeysuckle is now a huge detriment almost everywhere. We've been working on removing as much of this annoying plant as we can here at the seminary but as often as they are cut down, they come back with a vengence. It takes cutting them to the ground and then poisoning the stump immediately. Then starting all over the next year.
The good Honeysuckle brings (great spring frangrance, pretty red berries fall) is negated by the stranglehold they put on the landscape. We had it in our yard in Collinsville but have successfully removed all traces by constant vigilance. In large areas like Forest Park and the seminary campus it is not that easy.
I ran into Collinsville's Rural King last Friday morning and was so happy to see they'd redone their parking lot. That lot had been neglected for years and long before RK settled into that location. It looks so good.
The photo isn't the greatest but in real life the black top is really nice and black and the yellow lines just shine. The Home Depot on Hanley in Maplewood or Richmond Heights or Brentwood (who knows what city claims it) just did the same thing. Their parking lot looks fabulous as well.
In baseball there are stats for everything and the Wall Street Journal has published a hateability index just in time for the playoffs. This index, as you would expect, has everyone in St. Louis all atwitter since the Cardinals are said to be the most hated team in the playoffs.
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The criteria for this chart seem a stretch in some cases, but I'd wager if the Cardinals are indeed the most hated team in the playoffs, it has more to do with the fact that they seem to BE in the playoffs more often than not. 2014 is the 4th year in a row for St. Louis. After a time fans in other cities become bored and resentful of a successful team.
Ferdie took part in the Scottish breed dog show at the Games in Forest Park today. One of our neighbors came with Ferdie's pal Lola who is a Bearded Collie. Each breed paraded around the ring while the announcer gave a description of that particular dog. Kind of like the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show only in groups and there were no winners or losers.
There's Sharalyn and me with our doggies.
While there Sharalyn ran into the woman who bred Lola, the other Beardies are Lola's nieces and nephews.
There's Kirt in the blue shirt. He works at the seminary and is also one of the chairmen of the Scottish Games. He brought his Cairn Terrier and his Scottie.
Kirt's grandson gave his pups water. It was quite warm for dogs out there in the sun today.
Ferd got greeted.
Some of the food being sold was out of the ordinary.
No idea what neeps and tatties are. Tatties may be tators but it's a guess. Annnndd...the line was long to get one of these pasties.
A large crowd comes out to see the dogs, the people completely circle the area.
As Ferdie and I did our Golden Retriever walk around the inner circle, we had to keep stopping because so many adults and kids wanted to pet him. He was very happy to let them.
This is Kirt's wife, Doreen. She's the chairman of the Scottish dog breed show and also does all the announcing and dog biographies. Since she is originally from Scotland, her accent is charming and made for a day like today.
And lastly, the Scotch tasting booth. Very popular.
As I've said many times, following local/national news, weather, and sports people on Twitter will give you the news almost as it happens which is helpful if there are things you need to know before you go. Such as highway backups or bad weather coming.
Early this morning Fox2 News put up a quick tweet about 2 semis which collided. "Rollover accident involving two semi's WB I-70."
A local man reading this responded correctly: "It would also be helpful if you indicated where on WB I-70."
Getting out the news but leaving out the most important part for rush hour drivers was a no no. Turns out the accident involved 3 semis (one of which rolled over) and a car between Warrenton and Wright City and is a total mess.
There appear to be crashes all over the St. Louis area this morning.
While reading a news story about Midland Texas being licensed as the 9th U.S. Spaceport, it jumped out at me that Midland airport's official name is Midland International Airport. Midland Texas gets an international airport while St. Louis lost their right to be an international airport. Hmmmpft Whatever happened to St. Louis that it's only a minor player in the transportation industry?
And Midland International Airport will now be named: Midland International Air and Spaceport!
I guess we all should be paying more attention to whatever the heck a Spaceport is since there will now be 9 of them in this country.
KSDK used the Freedom of Information Act to gather information on the number of speeding stops made by local police in almost every municipality in the St. Louis area. They posted the totals on their website. They listed these stops per "most" stops, stops per each city, stops per population, most stops per square mile. St. Louis County police made the most and although this is not a municipal police force, they patrol the unincorporated areas.
I'd be interested in what the same data would show for Metro East communities.
A weekend full of popular events throughout St. Louis this weekend. The Rams season opener on Sunday, Lou-Fest in Forest Park and the St Louis Art Fair in Clayton all having huge followings and all needing use of the central corridor. and.....MoDOT will be closing eastbound I-64/40 from Hampton to Jefferson.